ISOM group promotes student leadership
R. Buchholz, Chronicle staff
First-year student Maureen Hogarty (above)
talks about the importance of being pro-active rather than
re-active during the Isenberg School of Management Undergraduate
Leadership Forum in Thompson Hall on April 26. Below, freshmen
Sam Mathias and Carla Santiago take notes during the forum.
(Stan Sherer photos)
energetic new group of undergraduates in the Isenberg School of
Management are creating and sharing opportunities for leadership
around campus. Casually called ULead, short for Undergraduate Leadership
Council, the organization has six committees that carry out its
mission: to provide a vehicle for future leaders in the ISOM in
ways that help others.
Less than two years
old, the council keeps an impressive array of balls in the air.
During April alone, members organized a senior spaghetti dinner,
a spring clean-up day, and what they hope will become an annual
leadership conference, open to all students on campus. They also
participated in an ongoing Habitat for Humanity project, sold graduation
tickets, hosted a table during Take Our Daughters to Work Day, and
participated in the ISOM's open house.
The conference, called
the Business Advisory Council/State Representative/Senator Leadership
Forum, took place April 26. One hundred-thirty students and 20 legislators
and alumni who are leaders in the business community came together
to discuss the relationships among business, government and higher
Earlier in the year,
the group took 30 international students to Six Flags to welcome
them to campus, raised more than $1,000 for Toys for Tots, helped
the United Way paint the home of a 99-year-old area man, threw a
senior ball, and held a pizza and basketball party for transfer
students entering the ISOM mid-year.
ULead has two levels
of membership, according to its president, junior Christina Calvaneso.
Approximately 60 active members take part in planning events, attending
weekly committee meetings and monthly general meetings. An additional
90 students volunteer for the group's activities, such as the clean-up
or the Habitat for Humanity work.
"It's really geared
toward SOM students," Calvaneso said. "But we welcome
students of all majors."
First-year Maureen Hogarty
has been pleased with the opportunities she's had in the group as
an incoming student.
"It allows first-year
students to step up and take leadership positions," said Hogarty,
who chairs the fund-raising committee. Hogarty's committee has been
so successful in raising money this year that its members have had
time to organize activities, too.
UMass CleanUp Day was
hosted by her committee. After raising money for pizza and getting
T-shirts from the sponsoring company, Northwestern Mutual, and borrowing
tools from Physical Plant, the committee gathered about 50 volunteers
and spent four hours picking up cigarette butts and other trash
and scraping gum off the ground April 6.
"We paid careful
attention to where the tours are because tour season was coming
up," Hogarty said. "First impressions are very important,
and we wouldn't want someone not to come to this school because
of the litter on the ground."
With a newsletter, a
Web site (www.u-lead.org) and
a communications committee, ULead is in a position to reach a lot
of students, but Calvaneso said the council learned a valuable lesson
last year when it had 12 committees and its energies were scattered.
"It might be a
future goal to expand membership, but right now we're focused on
being a better organization at our size," she said. "We
started with 12 committees. We have six this year. We're trying
to streamline, to keep lines of communication open."
The group also is pressed
for space at its general meetings in ISOM 103, which are standing
it'll be in the new building," she said, saying she looks forward
to more spacious surroundings.